(Eds: With AP Photos.) By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer Unlike Lance Armstrong, Bradley Wiggins didn't need to be recruited for the Giro d'Italia with a $1 million commitment. Wiggins, last year's Tour de France champion, is riding in the Italian classic purely out of personal desire.
In fact, the Giro didn't even have to ask. Race director and RCS Sport general director Michele Acquarone tells The Associated Press he first heard about Wiggins' plans from two-time Giro champion Ivan Basso.
During the Tour of Britain in September, Basso sent Acquarone a message saying that Wiggins had told him casually that he was interested in racing the Giro. Acquarone forwarded the message to Dave Brailsford, the general manager of Wiggins' team, Sky, to ask if there was any truth to it.
''From that point on we stayed in contact with Sky and slowly but surely we realized that the possibility was becoming greater and that he was coming,'' Acquarone said Sunday, shortly before Sky won a team time...